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Bc4 has been the main move for ever and ever for the very reason you give: to not trap the bishop. But every move has its pluses and minuses: d4 takes control of the center faster, and threatens to recapture the pawn on f4 faster, which would free the bishop on c1 (which sometimes gets stuck because of the f4-pawn).
one has to analyze and practice to learn over time which move is better and for what reasons.
I'm sorry but I have to ask why you choose to play 4.d4 instead of Bc4? With 4.Bc4 you no longer have a trapped bishop, all other things seemingly being equal.
I love your videos and your game commentary dpruess -
glad you enjoyed the videos. yes, Ng4+ which I did not mention deals with Be5 just as well as Nc4+. as you say, black is doomed either way: down a pawn with a positional disadvantage.
Hey David. Really enjoyed your KG series..
On 17:20 white must not play Be5 because of Ng4+. Not because of Nc4+ as you mentioned in your video.
I guess Black is doomed either way, but it was a small detail that I saw while watching your video.
wasted, glad to hear you enjoy a good KG as much as i do.
hobojoe, absolutely! i did it, and i lived to tell the tale of how much fun it was. i think you would too!
would you recamend moving your king up as white? how would this look if black had thought of P d5?
Glad I found this. I got hit with the Be7 response in a blitz game not long ago and had never seen it before. Also glad I found the rest of your king's gambit vids I live and die by it.
your request is duly noted!
I noticed in this video you mentioned a line of the Vienna Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4), which is one of my favourite openings and I wanted to know if you could get someone to do a video on that. I really want to know how similar it is to the King's Gambit positionally/tactically/developmentally in terms of how useful it is to know the main ideas and lines of the King's Gambit and how readily they transpose to the Vienna.
you're welcome :)
Thanks David. Amazing concepts...delivered perfectly..never thought KG has such deep possibilities
Thanks, great simple intro.
what????????a kd4 thats cuul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great video and I appreciate the fact that you included the PGN with the video so that I can go over the game again. I just luv the KG and play it often and would appreciate more videos on this opening!
nice end to this series.
hi caveman, if you play h4 on move 4 after 3...Be7, then black has a very good response Nf6, attacking your e4 pawn, and then later the knight will be very strong on either g4 or h5 and you won't be able to deal with it. h4 is an almost useless move, so you should try hard to find alternative moves when possible.
I play the King's Gambit a lot, and moving the king blocking both bishop and queen never entered my mind as a good response to Be7. In the times that I've seen Be7, I've responded with h4 to make the rook another protector of the h4 square, and then working to castle queenside. Could you examine that and give me some feedback please? I know it doesn't develop the center immediately, but I've gotten a good central control this way before after d4 preparing to get the pawn back and get my king to safety queenside. I've only seen Be7 a few times, so I'm not the most familiar with it and would like your opinion on h4 as a response. Thanks for the great videos on my favorite opening!
wow, thanks, mredus.
Without a doubt, all of the titled players that contribute to Chess.com bring something special to the table, but as far as video lessons go IM Pruess puts out the best videos. Your videos are well organized and perfectly paced, you communicate effectively and best of all you're HILARIOUS and you keep it fun. I love studying chess but it can easily get boring sometimes, your awesome attitude and teaching style makes it easier to stay focused on what's going on. Thanks a million!
by IM David Pruess
David's climax video on the King's Gambit truly "pushes the envelope" on what conventional wisdom says ANYONE should EVER do with their king. As he makes clear in this video, David isn't joking about his love for the this opening! There are some important "positional" concepts that come across: The importance of the d5-break in the center, for both white and black, to name one. You will have to check out the video to experience the rest...
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IM David Pruess
At the age of twelve, David was lucky to be brought by his mother to a session of the Berkeley Chess School's Friday night kid's chess club, where he met NM Robert Haines, who showed him what chess was. Eighteen years later, he is still in love with the game. He has shared first in a few major tournaments, eg: American Open, North American Open, and Open Rohde (France), and played in several US Championships.
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